Raphe Malik Quintet: Sirens Sweet 'n Slow
A three-horn front line, led by Cecil Taylor's trumpeter, ranges from utterly lyrical freedom to tearing-the-house-down full group improvs.
With Glenn Spearman on tenor.
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REVIEW by Cadence
The liner notes of Raphé Malik's CD says it explores the lyrical side of the avant garde. It does but not always in the 'sweet and slow' rhythms
mentioned in the title. The opening "Companions" does as promised with Malik and c-melody sax player Brian Nelson winding along in long, deliberate lines.
It starts out like the growling roar of Coltrane's "Ascension" but works up its own brand of cooler fire. Malik and Nelson each play quietly but very
intently working up a palpable tension in front of Jamyll Jones' throbbing bass and Dennis Warren's restless drumming. The trumpet and bass duet between
Malik and Larry Roland is a quiet gem as well, the trumpeter softly crying the blues with both muted and open horn against meticulous bass throbs.
Malik's duet with Warren is a much heavier item, a slowly building conversation that eventually reaches a furious pace with Malik playing short,
violent phrases that sound a lot like the devices of his old employer, Cecil Taylor. Tenor really kicks out the jams. Malik's old partner in the
Taylor Unit, Glenn Spearman joins Malik and Nelson for a liberating three-horn extravaganza, the front men exchanging dizzying arpeggios and elongated
notes while Warren and Roland fulminate madly beneath. Slow or fast this is wildly exciting stuff. -Jerome Wilson
REVIEW by Jazziz
Free jazz lives! Trumpeter Raphé Malik (best known for his association with Cecil Taylor) gathered together his piano-less quartet
(with Brian Nelson on C-melody sax) for three marathon sessions that resulted in enough music to fill four CDS. The plan is to release two sets,
with the initial one emphasizing more lyrical (if not necessarily mellow) improvisations. Malik's loose but logical frameworks feature the musician
traveling through evolving moods, and the consistently adventurous music is more melodic than one might expect. Two of the five originals are quartet
pieces; Malik (a talented and versatile player) is showcased in separate duets with either bassist Larry Roland or Dennis Warren; and tenor saxophonist
Glenn Spearman makes the group a quintet on one selection. Since the emphasis is on utilizing space and thoughtful moods, this release from Mapleshade's
subsidiary OutSounds is quite accessible for listeners with open ears. -Scott Yanow